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How does bike sharing work?

It's as easy as Ride, Return, Repeat.

Ride any bike for a short trip
Return to any station
Repeat until your pass expires

How to Ride Boulder B-cycle

  • Purchase entry pass

    Choose a pass to fit your needs

    1. Boulder B-cycle offers various entry passes: Day Tripper, People’s Pedaler, Republic Rider, and Casual Cruiser.
    2. Day Tripper passes can be purchased at any B-station (credit card required)
    3. All other entry pass levels are available purchased online (credit card required).

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  • Choose a bike from any B-station.

    If you have a B-card (online passes):

    1. Press the silver button located above the row of colored lights on the right side of any dock holding a bike.
    2. Touch your B-card to the square behind the silver button.
    3. Remove the bike once the locks open (dock will start beeping after the bike is unlocked).

    If you do not have a B-card, but already have an entry pass:

    1. Use the kiosk screen to indicate that you would like to check out a bike.
    2. When prompted, swipe the same credit card registered with your entry pass.
    3. Choose a dock number and remove the bike.
  • Keep every trip short! Overtime fees start accruing after your free trip period is up.

    1. Adjust your seat (hip height works for most people), check the bike and go.
    2. Day Trippers and People’s Pedalers get the first 30 minutes of every trip free
    3. Republic Riders get the first 60 minutes of every trip free.
    4. Overtime fees of $3 per 30 minutes apply to all trips that exceed the free trip period.
    5. Casual Cruisers work a little different: They pay a flat $3 per half hour rate
  • Return your bike at any B-station. Repeat by checking out another bike!

    1. Return your bike to any B-station by pushing it firmly into an available dock.
    2. Watch for three rapid blinks of the green light and listen for three quick beeps. That’s your signal that the bike has been securely returned.
    3. Take an unlimited number of trips while your pass is active, but keep each ride short. Check out another bike using the kiosk screen or your B-card.

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Bike sharing is different from bike rental. It's a transportation system that allows a large number of people to share a small number of bikes. This is accomplished through short station-to-station bike trips.

Once you purchase an entry pass, you can take as many short trips as you want for the duration of that pass at no additional cost. Trip limits are 30 or 60 minutes here in Boulder, depending on your pass type. Additional fees apply to all trips over that, encouraging riders to check bikes that aren't actively being used back into stations. You can watch the accompanying video for more information.

Boulder B-cycle is the operator of Boulder's nonprofit bike share program. To learn more about our nonprofit and all of our great sponsors, partners and initiatives, start with our frequently asked questions, browse our data and reports, or visit any of the other sections under the 'resources' tab to learn more.
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